From: Robert Dorman <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

 >Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 16:05:00 -0700 (MST)
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 >Subject: Press Release
 >Tucson, Az  12/6/99
 >Activists disrupt Mining Hall of Fame Awards ceremony in Tucson on Saturday
 >evening, 12/4/99. 
 >The American Mining Hall of Fame Awards were disrupted by the "Javalena"
 >activists in
 >response to Peabody Coal's mining activities in Northern Arizona on
 >traditional Dineh
 >(Navajo) and Hopi land. The banquet was held to induct Irl Engelhardt, CEO
 >of Peabody
 >Group into the Mining Hall of Fame. Attendees jeered and physically
attacked the
 >demonstrators during the protest which lasted only a matter of minutes
 >before security
 >personal removed the banquet busters. Activist Carbon Ridder walked through
 >the event,
 >megaphone in hand, asking the world's mining elite and CEO's from at least
 >multinational corporations to consider the effects of their actions on the
 >lives of the native
 >people of this land. 
 >Ridder stated that the award to be given to Engelhardt came from the
 >"sacrifice of the
 >Traditional People and land at Black Mesa region in Northern Arizona". 
 >David Yerkey of the Javalina group was handing out information when he was
 >attacked by
 >several banquet delegates, knocked to the floor and  punched several times
 >in the face and
 >body.  He and Jack Strasburg were  booked at Pima County Jail and released
 >on their own
 >recognizance. Police ignored Yerkey's request to make a statement regarding
 >the violence. 
 >The action brings attention to the ongoing cultural and religious violations
 >caused by
 >Peabody's mining operations. As the mines continue to expand, more people
 >will have to
 >be relocated. The group said that they felt it inappropriate that someone
 >with such a
 >tarnished human rights and environmental record be inducted into the Hall of
 >Approximately over 9,000 Dineh people have been forced from the traditional
 >lands they have occupied for centuries, to make way for the mines.  People
 >living in the
 >area are subject to the effects of nearby blasting which shakes their houses
 >and cracks the
 >foundations. Health effects from coal dust and toxic chemicals continue to
 >effect their
 >daily lives and have also killed many of their sheep.  
 >Peabody is also responsible, they say, for the destruction of over 2,400
 >archaeological and
 >burial sites and for using 61% of the water withdrawn annually from the deep
 >water tables.
 >The pumping of this water, residents claim, is responsible for drying up
 >springs that have
 >furnished water for hundreds of years.  
 >Human rights and environmental organizations internationally have
protested the
 >continuation of the Black Mesa and Kayenta mining operations since 1972. 
 >For more information contact Mr. Yerke at 520 388 1404
 >... many prayers ...
 >William "Sky" Crosby, director  E C C O
 >Environmental and Cultural Conservation Organization
 >tel        520 749 0585
 >fax       520 749 0587
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